Before Worthing High School teacher Mike Judge sits down and begins to map out a classroom lesson for his students, he meets first with a group of teachers and administrators from his campus to examine data, collaborate and share expertise. The group meeting is called a PLC or a Professional Learning Community.
“Our PLCs are the foundation of effective teaching here at Worthing,” Principal Khalilah Campbell told HISD trustees at a board presentation Dec. 5. “When we sat down as a team and really examined our campus data to determine the root cause of our school’s struggles, it became clear to us that is was planning.”
Construction at Worthing High School is quickly advancing, with renovations to the fine arts wing complete and work on the building addition underway.
Crews have renovated the auditorium stage, music rooms, restrooms, locker rooms, and clinic in the existing building. Additionally, the foundation for the new building has been poured and almost two-thirds of the steel framing is in place, with concrete walls for the JROTC and weight room going up.
“This community is ready to see this building, so I’m excited to tell them we’re still on schedule,” Worthing Principal Khalilah Campbell-Rhone said, noting that she was pleased the project timeline had not been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
With modern construction underway and a new administration in place, Worthing High School is on the verge of a transformation.
While construction crews work tirelessly to rebuild the 59-year-old school nestled in Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood, new Principal Khalilah Campbell-Rhone is doing the same from the inside out.
“My desire was to come in and put Worthing back on the map,” Campbell-Rhone said, recalling how the school’s academic programs were once highly sought after and school pride was ubiquitous. “We can get back to that.”
Twelve Worthing High School students will be recognized Tuesday by the Houston City Council for their participation in an internship and job training program with various city departments to build career readiness skills while learning about community services provided to residents.
The students are participating in a two-year paid internship with at least four city departments – Health and Human Services, Houston Police, Information Technology, and the Houston Public Library – to learn about areas such as cybersecurity, urban planning, finance, administrative support, and employee relations.
“Our students are gaining valuable workforce training and experience from local city government professionals who are serving as mentors by preparing them for future success,” said HISD District IX Trustee Wanda Adams. “We’re excited to see our students be recognized for their commitment to this program and look forward to watching them continue to grow into young business professionals.” Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District will open six new schools that were rebuilt as modern learning environments with flexible classrooms, increased access to technology, bursts of color, and plenty of natural light.
The six campuses – Condit and Mark White elementary schools, Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, North Houston and South early college high schools, and Fonwood Early Childhood Center — will open their doors Monday, Aug. 22 for the 2016-2017 school year. The designs for each school place an emphasis on 21st century learning with centralized learning commons, courtyards, outdoor learning areas, and other seating nooks where students can gather to create and learn. Continue reading →
The Houston Independent School District’s Class of 2015 has received almost $265 million in scholarship and financial aid offers, a record-breaking amount that surpasses last year’s total by $10 million.
Nearly all HISD high schools — 82 percent — saw increases in scholarship offers at the campus level, with the biggest boost at Scarborough High School, where scholarship offers jumped by nearly 1,000 percent, increasing from less than $200,000 last year to almost $2 million this year.
Record increases also were seen at Mount Carmel Academy, the Houston Academy for International Studies and Worthing and Booker T. Washington high schools. Continue reading →
HISD released a new video that shows progress on the planning and design of a new two-story building addition at Worthing High School.
Worthing will receive a building addition under HISD’s 2007 bond program and a new building that will be funded by the district’s 2012 $1.89 billion bond program. The facility will house academics, performance arts, athletics, and other departments.
Project Advisory Teams (PATs) for Waltrip and Worthing high schools were asked to think about functionality while discussing design concepts Wednesday for their new building renovations. Continue reading →
High school students across the district are customizing their own school lunch every day thanks to HISD Food Services. Since the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, 75 dining brand stations have been successfully added to more than 20 high schools.
On Friday, May 24, more than 60 guests gathered at Waltrip High School to celebrate the grand opening of the campus’s new dining brand station. The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony and menu samplings of the new brands. Special guests included HISD Board President Anna Eastman, HISD Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla, and Waltrip students who participated in a Food Services focus group.